88.7 Weve looked at a lot of Singer sewing machines in the past and while some get good reviews many get only average ratings from consumers. The Singer ONE is something of an exception in this regard and owners are giving it high praise. Owners like the fact that the unit is extremely easy to use, quiet and stylish. It does struggle with thicker materials though and the instruction manual could be better.
The Singer ONE is an electronic (or computerized) sewing machine it is not a mechanical machine. Also, the Singer ONE is not to be confused with the Singer ONE+ which is more expensive and has a fair number of additional features including an LCD screen and 231 built-in stitches (the ONE has a very simple LED display and 24 stitches). The ONE is fairly basic and it is very, very easy to use. It is well suited for beginners and intermediate sewers alike. But more advanced sewers may find it a bit limiting.
Online research has indicated the following consumer ratings for this sewing machine (see table below). The average of these ratings is 4.44 stars out of 5 or 88.7 out of 100. This is a very good score perhaps not in the neighborhood of the better Janome units but still very respectable.
|Amazon||4.4 stars out of 5||139|
|Joann||4.5 stars out of 5||28|
|Overstock||4.8 stars out of 5||4|
|Walmart||5 stars out of 5||3|
Consumer comments provide the following owner likes and dislikes:
- Attractive machine
- Very easy to use
- Runs quiet
- Fairly light and easy to move
- A number of comments that the unit is quite sturdy
- Large sewing surface
- Many plastic parts (like so many machines today)
- Instructions can be a bit confusing
- Struggles with very thick materials
You can read more customer reviews on Amazon if you wish.
Many owners like the vintage-like look of the machine and compare the styling to the attractive Singer 160th anniversary sewing machine. Although the 160 has more features and is substantially more expensive. The ONE gets great marks for being easy to use ease of use is something that is highlighted in many consumer comments and many beginners/novices seem to take to the machine quickly. It is also well liked for its large sewing surface (a result of the extra long 14.7 inch arm). All-in-all most owners report that their purchase was money well spent.
There are some comments indicating that the instructions on the DVD and in the manual are not detailed enough, leading to confusion when doing some things - like using the automatic needle threader. Most people actually like the automatic needle threader and find it straightforward but there are some who find it difficult to use. Also, if you are one of the folks that require a helping hand there are reports of long telephone wait times to speak to Singer customer service.
The ONE comes with 24 built-in stitches and most consumers indicate that this is sufficient for their needs but there are some that wish it had more. There are 6 basic stitches, 4 stretch stitches, 12 decorative stitches and 2 buttonhole stitches.
Key Sewing Machine Features
- 24 built-in stitches
- 2 automatic one-step buttonholes
- One touch stitch selection
- Adjustable stitch length and width
- Maximum stitch width of 7mm
- Automatic needle threader
- Built-in thread cutter
- Top drop-in bobbin (with clear cover)
- 7 segment feed system
- Drop feed capable
- Horizontal threading
- 3 LED sewing lights
- Free arm
- Extra high presser foot lift
- Snap on presser feet
- Presser foot sensor (ensures it is in the correct position)
- 13 needle position
- Maximum sewing speed of 750 stitches per minute
- Built-in accessory storage
- Reverse button
- Automatic tension
The 24 stitches provided with the ONE are shown in the chart below:
The ONE comes with a host of accessories which fit into the units storage compartment. These include five presser feet: all-purpose, zipper, buttonhole, blind hem, and special purpose. Also provided are a pack of needles, bobbins, a spool pin and felt, thread spool caps, a seam puller, a screwdriver, and a lint brush. In addition, the unit comes with a soft cover, an instruction manual, an introduction DVD, a foot control and a power cord. It is nice to see that the power cord is provided. Occasionally a power cord needs to be bought separately and that can be annoying.
The Singer ONE is covered by a 25 year limited manufacturer warranty which actually provides the following: 25 years on the sewing machine head, 5-years on electronics and 1-year on adjustments and belts, bulbs, rings and attachments. You can view the full electronic sewing machine warranty on the Singer website here. In terms of weight the Singer website indicates that the ONE weighs in at 18.5 lbs however a number of other online sources quote a weight of about 17 lbs.
If you would like to read more about the Singer ONE and see more detailed instructions you can check out the manual here. This is a large file and may take a while to load.
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